Lobby Bar – March 6: The Son of a Virgin, Standing is the New Sitting, and a Marriott on Mars
Lobby Bar – A Highly Suspect Summary of FBT News and Views
Please stand by. Jesse Sokolow stays at the Row NYC in Times Square. A business center in the lobby of the hotel is outfitted with eight Apple computers, but the hotel seems to have forgotten the chairs, leaving guests literally standing by.
Guest entrance. Did you know Birthday Girl and Dream Girl are both Virgin’s? And if that wasn’t suggestive enough, meet the newest member of Virgin’s fleet, Leather Daddy, who is sure to visit you in your dreams.
High in the sky. Jesse Sokolow recalls great moments in travel history for the month of March. On March 20 1940, Boeing delivered the first aircraft with a pressurized cabin to Pan American Airways. Up until that point, passengers received individual oxygen tanks prior to take off until one day when a Global Air stewardess handed out nitrous oxide instead.
Ahead of time. Scientists around the country gathered for a climate summit in Denver this past week. They came to the consensus, as they always do, that daylight is endangered and needs saving, calling on the American people to change their clocks this weekend. It’s entirely optional, however, and we suggest you disregard the order to avoid any confusion with your day-to-day activities.
0% off. Hilton is bringing back double points for HHonors loyalty program members, provided guests spend twice the amount of nights in the hotel. Buy one and get the other one at normal price!
Press release woes. United is refurbishing and building new lounges at seven airports in 2015. The redone United Clubs will feature fresh designs and menus, as well as gentlemen’s clubs for children and playgrounds for 18+ flyers.
Holyport. Tottori Airport in Southwest Japan has been officially renamed. The renaming process included a lot of paperwork and soaking the 30-acre airport with 534,000 gallons of holy water. It is now the holiest airport in the world.
Mars cards. Marriott announced that its reward points will begin to expire after 24 months of inactivity. Basically, if you plan on taking a trip to Mars, be sure to give your Marriott credit card to a friend to use so your points will be here when you get back.
Technocycle. Marriott also announced a new way to keep its guests in shape: each hotel room’s electricity will be provided by a stationary bike at the window. Simply bike for 6.5 hours if you’d like to watch 30 minutes of television before bed. Wi-Fi is free.
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